My Name is Earl: I Won't Die With a Little Help From my Friends - VIDEO
(S03E14) "I bet you wish you had more than one God now, eh?" - Ravi Kapoor as Earl's doctor
Boy, that Jeff Zucker is one hell of an actor, isn't he?
Generally, I love it when a high-paid executive is willing to make fun of himself for his company. Case in point; when Les Moonves talks to Dave Letterman on the phone I think it's hilarious. The key, however is that the executive in question has to be able to effectively deliver a joke. I think My Name is Earl missed an opportunity for some real nice comedy. Too bad Jerry Seinfeld didn't have another movie to promote.
I don't know how they resist the urge but I really admire the writers for not using the recurring characters too often. Officer Hoyne and ex-officer Daniels always make me smile when they show up, but I know if they showed up too often, that wouldn't be the case. Plus, they always remind me of all the other great recurring characters I might see.
I have long suspected that Jason Lee may very well be the luckiest son of a bitch on the planet. First of all the guy has had two jobs in his life...professional skateboarder and actor. Secondly, he has worked with Hollywood icons like Kevin Smith, Cameron Crowe and Alvin the Chipmunk. most importantly, he has been up close and personal with the bosoms of both Jaime Pressly and Alyssa Milano. Talk about good karma! I guess it's true that Jason Lee is a really nice guy. What would he have to be mad about?
I really wasn't too impressed with the classic sitcom gimmick. It was cute at first but it really wasn't all that funny especially compared to the other stuff that was actually going on.
The scene with Jane Lynch was a more creepy than funny, if you ask me. However, I can now add Jason Lee's name to my "List of Actors Who Have Touched Jane Lynch's Boob" right below Jeffrey Tambor.
I would have never guessed it from the years I spent watching Crossing Jordan but Ravi Kapoor is a pretty funny guy. His line about Earl's mustache was my favorite of the night. Considering how often these characters get injured, I'm surprised that we haven't seen him or the hospital before.
I don't know what I like more, seeing Paris Hilton reduced to a sight gag and a catch phrase or finding out that Randy actually has conversations with God. The sad part is that, all things considered, it's easier to believe that Randy can talk to the Almighty than it is that Paris would read to someone in a coma.
When the half-way point came around, I was starting to feel a little disappointed in this episode. It was pretty light on jokes. I got the feeling that the whole first half of the hour was spent leading up to something. I just wasn't sure if that something was really great or really awful.
Turned out it was the latter. A faith healer? Really? If I didn't know better I would swear that this episode was written by people who were more concerned with making sure they got their fair share of Internet profits than making a funny show.
Generally, I try not to be too harsh when I don't like a show. However, I really have to call bullshit on this episode. Considering that Earl has been one of the best sitcoms on TV for the past three years, I think it's fair to expect more from the show. I can only hope the second part will be better or at least will have more scenes with Milano in a leotard.